Tax Agency Reorganization Effective July 1, 2010
2009 legislation became effective July 1, 2010, that eliminated the Mississippi State Tax Commission and, in its place, created the Mississippi Department of Revenue and the Mississippi Board of Tax Appeals. The purpose of this change is to provide taxpayers an administrative appeal to an independent board that has no direct ties to the agency that assesses and collects taxes.
The Department of Revenue (DOR) administers and collects taxes, issue titles, oversees the equalization of property values, and administers the Local Option Laws. The Department’s organization and duties of the various offices, bureaus, and divisions of the former Department of Revenue are not changed. The administrative functions of the three-member Department of Revenue regarding alcoholic beverage control and ad valorem matters are managed by the DOR.
Governor Barbour has appointed J. Ed Morgan for a six-year term as the Commissioner of Revenue. Morgan has been serving as Chairman of the Department of Revenue and Commissioner of Revenue since January 1, 2009.
The new three-member Board of Tax Appeals is separate and independent from the revenue agency. The first chairperson of the Board of Tax Appeals is Janet H. Mann, CPA, appointed by Governor Barbour for a six-year term. The two associate commissioners of the former Department of Revenue, James Wilkinson and Marcus Martin, will complete their terms as associate board members at which time the Governor will appoint new members to the Board of Tax Appeals.
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